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Location: Kenya

Regional Program: Western Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed

Functionality Status:  Functional

Community Profile & Stories

This project is a part of our shared program with Western Water And Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO). Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).

Welcome to the School

Moi Girls High School Vokoli is popularly referred to as “MGV.” MGV was established in 1974 by the Friends Church. It is located in Vokoli Village, Vokoli sub-location, Wodanga location, Wodanga Ward, Sabatia Sub-County of Vihiga County. The school started with a total of only 18 students, who participated in their first national exam in 1975, the Kenya Junior Secondary Examination (KJSE).

The school now has only a boarding section, with a total student population of 1150 girls. MGV employs 61 teachers. Out of these, 40 are employed by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), 15 by the Board of Management (BOM) and six are teaching assistants. The school also employs 35 support staff. (Editor’s Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people. This school would be a good candidate for a second project in the future so adequate water is available. To learn more, click here.)

MGV undertakes a number of agricultural enterprises such as poultry farming, horticulture, dairy farming and fish farming. Other facilities at the school include a mini bakery, a posho mill, and a small butchery. These activities help the school generate income to sustain its operations.

Water Situation

MGV has a rainwater catchment tank, but it only has a capacity of 10,000 liters. This isn’t nearly enough for 1150 girls and their teachers! Thus when the tank is dry, girls are sent to a nearby spring to fetch water. However, that spring is not protected. It is open to contamination from surface runoff, human and animal activity, nearby farming, and open defecation.

When girls fetch this water, they use a bucket to bring it back to school. Any extra water that is fetched is consolidated in the rainwater catchment tank. Though students and staff boil the water before drinking, many cases of diarrhea and upset stomach are reported.

Sanitation Situation

The school has a total of 37 VIP latrines, out of which two are for teachers and visitors, leaving 35 for the students. This is not enough for the entire school population, and has resulted in long lines during class breaks. Due to the shortage of water, a good number of latrines are never cleaned, and thus never used. These factors combined deter some girls from using the latrines, and they instead relieve themselves behind the facilities or in the bushes.

There are no hand-washing stations available for either students or staff to use. There are quite a few dish racks and clotheslines available for girls to dry their things.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

Teachers and students will be trained on hygiene and sanitation practices for two days. This will equip them with relevant skills on how to operate and maintain the new rainwater catchment tank. It will also equip participants with the skills needed to practice good hygiene, and to promote these practices among peers and the greater community. The end goal is to eliminate water and hygiene-related diseases!

The facilitator plans to use PHAST (Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Training), CTC (child to child), discussions, lectures, and demonstrations to teach topics including but not limited to disease transmission, hand-washing, and water treatment. The CTC method will prepare students to lead other students into healthy habits, as well as kickstart a CTC club for the school.

Plans: Rainwater Catchment Tank

They school will be involved in making sure that all the needed local materials are on site, such as sand, ballast, and hard core. They will also supervise and monitor the project. Since the student population is so huge, and since they are all overnight boarders, a 50,000-liter rainwater catchment is planned for this water project.

Plans: VIP Latrines

Six new VIP (ventilated improved pit) latrines will be dug and built for these girls. This will help shorten the bathroom lines and ease the rate of open defecation on campus. With a water tank, the girls will have more water to use, giving them a chance to keep their latrines, dorm rooms, and classrooms cleaner.

Plans: Hand-Washing Stations

Two hand-washing stations will be delivered to MGV. They are large, plastic containers that come with stands, and are fitted with taps. The girls that are members of the CTC club will be responsible for ensuring the tanks always have water and a cleaning agent available.

Recent Project Updates

12/14/2017: A Year Later: Moi Girls High School

A year ago, generous donors helped build a rainwater catchment system and new latrines for Moi Girls High School in Kenya. Because of these gifts and our monthly donors, partners can visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the actual water project. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one from partner Mary Afandi, with you.

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11/29/2016: Moi Girls High School Project Complete

We are very excited to report that, thanks to your willingness to help, the students and staff of Moi Girls High School Vokoli in Kenya have a new source of safe, clean water: A new rainwater catchment system has been built, and there are now six new latrines being used by the girls. Two hand-washing stations have been installed, and the entire student body has received training in sanitation and hygiene. Just imagine the difference these resources will make in the lives of these students!

You made it happen, now help keep the water flowing! Join our team of monthly donors and help us maintain this rainwater catchment tank and many other projects.

The report below from our partner gives the latest details of the project. We also just updated the project page with new pictures. Make sure to click on the “See Photos & Video” tab to check them out!

Project Result: New Knowledge

Hygiene and sanitation training sessions were held in the school dining hall. We began our preparation for these sessions by contacting the teacher in charge of school development, Mr. Shem Lidodo. He organized the date and place, and recruited all girls from the first class. Since they are in their first year, these girls will have the most impact for the longest amount of time.

The three days of training kicked off on July 14th.

We covered topics including but not limited to:

– Water pollution and water treatment

– Personal and environmental hygiene

– Group dynamics, leadership, and governance

– Forming an effective CTC (child to child) club

– Hand-washing

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We used a number of different ways to teach the above topics. Demonstrations were used for hand-washing. We facilitated group discussions and presentations. The girls also received handouts which will help them teach hygiene and sanitation to their peers. The girls actively participated in each session, answering and asking questions as they came up.

The child to child club will include both students and teachers who want to take responsibility for spreading the message of good health and hygiene among their peers. They will also be responsible for taking care of the new hand-washing stations, making sure they are always filled with water and that a cleaning agent like soap or ash is available. A water user committee has also been formed by parents and school administration, which will be responsible for overseeing and maintaining the new facilities.

Principal Rose Serede told us that this “has been a major boost to the student community and school as a whole. We look forward to improvement in academic performance of the students in this school since they have clean and safe water at their disposal.”

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Project Result: Hand-Washing Stations

The two hand-washing stations were delivered to school and handed over to the CTC club. They will teach other students how to properly wash their hands at these stations, and will make sure there is always soap or ash available.

Project Result: VIP Latrines

This project funded the installation of six new VIP (ventilated improved pit) latrines. These latrines are easy to use and easy to clean. And with a rainwater catchment tank, there should be enough water to keep them clean all the time! These new latrines will supplement the old ones that were inadequate to serve such a large student body.

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Project Result: Rainwater Catchment Tank

Construction for a 30,000-liter rainwater catchment tank began on June 18th.

Our request for a 50,000-liter tank was not communicated before construction started on June 18th. The contractor is accustomed to building tanks with a 30,000-liter capacity, and he did this at Moi Girls High School Vokoli with excellence. Factoring in the existing 10,000-liter plastic tank, the school can now catch a total of 40,000 liters of rainwater. The amount of water available on school grounds will triple once the rain falls! Since this is such a large boarding school, we will continue to work with our partners in Kenya to ensure that these girls have enough clean water for all of their daily needs.

First, the location was chosen with the collaboration of school leadership. We had to find a place that provided enough roof for a gutter system. We then cleared the ground, set and cast the foundational slab, built the five-inch-thick wall, built roofing, and installed the fittings such as delivery pipes, vent pipes, and screens. Finally, good drainage was ensured. Before the tank could begin collecting rainwater, we had it cure for three weeks. Once dry, we could remove supportive beams and then install the gutter system.

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Students, parents, and neighbors helped throughout the process. They provided accommodations for the tank artisans, and volunteered to help the artisans. They also collected all of the local materials like sand and ballast and delivered them to the site. The delivery of sand and rocks to the construction site took longer than usual and delayed us for a little while. Moreover, education officers arrived to inspect the school halfway through our project, delaying construction and our first day of training. After pushing through these challenges, our team finished their work. There was celebration and thankfulness for the new facilities. Grace Khayasi is one of the many girls who board at the school. She said, “I am very happy and excited with the project in our school. The water tank has been installed close to my dormitory. I will be accessing clean and safe water at my doorstep. Days waiting for water are now long gone. As for me, this is an answered prayer!”

The school’s Annual General Meeting coincided with the completion of the facilities. Parents of students showed up to see the improvements at Moi Girls. When we handed over the rainwater catchment tank, there were over 1,900 people in attendance!

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09/28/2016: Moi Girls High School Rainwater Catchment Project Underway

We are excited to report that thanks to your willingness to help, Moi Girls High School in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water. A rainwater catchment tank and new latrines are being constructed. Hand-washing stations are also on the way, and the school is being trained on proper sanitation and hygiene practices. Imagine the impact these improvements will have on students and staff here! We just posted an initial report including information about the school, GPS coordinates, and pictures. We’ll keep you posted as the work continues.

Check out the tabs above to read more, and Thank You for your help!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment
Location:  Vihiga, Vokoli
ProjectID: 4616
Install Date:  11/29/2016

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Last Visit: 07/22/2017

Visit History:
11/01/2016 — Functional
02/09/2017 — Functional
04/05/2017 — Functional
07/22/2017 — Functional

A Year Later: Moi Girls High School

October, 2017

“The water supply is now reliable. It saves the students much time, now used for their studies.”

A year ago, generous donors helped build a rainwater catchment system and new latrines for Moi Girls High School in Kenya. Because of these gifts and our monthly donors, partners can visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the actual water project. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one from partner Mary Afandi, with you.

The school got a 30,000 liter water tank, 2 hand washing stations and six latrines last year. After the construction of the water tank the students have access to clean water for drinking and washing their personal effects, dormitories, and classrooms. The water tank was also constructed next to the washrooms making it very convenient to draw water for use. Access to water has also helped save time that was wasted queuing for water. Nowadays the students have sufficient time to concentrate on their classwork and personal reading.


Science teacher, Shem Lidonde, says “the water supply is now reliable. It saves the students much time, now used for their studies. The water tank and latrines are well maintained by the school. The two facilities have also greatly improved the school’s general infrastructure.”


Mary also spoke with 18-year-old Melvin Arleso who said, “the level of sanitation and hygiene has greatly improved. The stress of looking for water has been eliminated. It is convenient to draw water from the tank and use it in the washrooms. We have enough time now to engage in extra curriculum activities such as drama, athletics, and public speaking,” says Melvin. “This ensures students develop wholesomely (all around).”


The water sanitation standards at Moi Girls School have greatly improved after the construction of the tank and latrines. The school community requires more training on water and sanitation because more students have enrolled even as others leave the school upon completion of the fourth form. We will support the school by carrying out routine monitoring and evaluation. In addition, the staff is ready and willing to carry out hygiene and sanitation training when requested and responsible for dosing of the tank.

The Water Project and our partners are committed to consistent monitoring of each water source. Our monitoring and evaluation program, made possible by monthly donors, allows us to visit communities up to four times a year. Read more about our program and how you can help.


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Country Details


Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

Western Water and Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO) works together with less privileged and marginalized members of communities in Western Kenya to reduce poverty through harnessing and utilization of local resources for sustainable development.